Duden’s Lake Creek Settlement

Legend to map (below) of Lake Creek Settlement

Timeline

Writer Gottfried Duden (1789-1856) spent 1824 thru 1827 living with Jacob Haun, and on his farm, amongst friends and family of frontiersman Daniel Boone. In 1829, Duden published these letters in Germany, in A Report on a Journey to the United States of North American, touching off emigration fever for thousands of Germans who headed to Missouri, his Garden of Eden.

By 1832, the Berlin Society arrived, and purchased hundreds of acres of land, adjoining the farm of Gottfried Duden.

In March 1834, “Baron” von Bock announced the plat of  the Village of Dutzow, which he wanted to be a truly German village, by selling his lots at a reduced price to buyers who were German.

The summer of 1834, Paul Follenius, leader of a contingent of the Giessen Emigration Society, purchased the farm of Jacob Haun and settled at Lake Creek. Friedrich Muench arrived soon after with more members of the Giessen Emigration Society.

The Lake Creek settlement is in southern Warren County, just north of the Missouri River, and  approximately 50 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri.

The numbers located behind the names below the map identify where they were located, in the approximate order of arrival.  Those shown in italics departed the area by 1836.

Map of the Lake Creek Settlement
Lake Creek Settlement
  • Barez, S.P.William – 50 (Berlin Society)
  • Barlage, John H. – 48
  • Becker, Herman – 51 (Giessen Society)
  • Blanchet, Peter – 6
  • Blumner, Augustus – 23 (Berlin Society)
  • Blumner, Carl – 24 (Berlin Society)
  • Bock, J. William – 27 (Founder of the Berlin Society and the Village of Dutzow)
  • Burnett, Dabney – 17
  • Busby, John – 7
  • Campbell, Thomas – 53
  • Caton, Jesse – 47
  • Dickhaus, Herman – 49
  • Duden, Gottfried – 18  (Property purchased prior to arrival- returned to Germany)
  • Eversmann, Lewis – 19 (with Gottfried Duden)
  • Follenius, Paul -37 (Giessen Society)
  • Grabs, Augustus – 20 (moved to Marthasville)
  • Hancock, Forrest – 1
  • Hancock, William – 4
  • Hancock, Stephan – 10
  • Haun, Jacob – 15
  • Haun, Matthias – 31
  • Haun, Nathan -32
  • Haun, Peter -33
  • Haun, John – 34
  • Humbert, Fredrick – 43
  • Hutawa, Edward – 25 (Berlin Society)
  • Hutawa, Julius – 26 (Berlin Society)
  • Jackson, Stephan -12
  • Justus, Henry – 42 (Berlin Society)
  • Krekel, Gottfried – 40 (Giessen Society)
  • Kuentzel, Edward – 41
  • Lamme, William T. – 5
  • Lefavre, Fancis – 14
  • Lynn, David – 16
  • Marlowe, Gabriel – 8
  • McKinney, John – 11
  • McKinney, Alexander – 13
  • Miller, Phillip – 3 (Founded Miller’s Landing – New Haven, MO)
  • Mittler, John -52 (Giessen Society)
  • Morsey, Fredrick – 35 (Berlin Society)
  • Muench, Friedrich – 38 (Giessen Society)
  • Muench, Louisa – 39 (Giessen Society)
  • Rathje, Fredrick – 21 (Berlin Society)
  • Renecke, Fredrick – 46
  • Rexroth, Augustus – 30 (Osnabrück)
  • Rothe, John – 44
  • Schemme, Jorgen H. -45
  • Simon, Edward – 36
  • Spankern, Octavius van – 28 (Osnabrück)
  • Spankern, Charles van -29 (Osnabrück)
  • Stockdale, Joshua – 2 (Stoggsdill)
  • Walcke, Augustus – 22 (Berlin Society)
  • Weeks, William – 9
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